The Embassy of United States of America in Berlin
Amb. Dr. Amy Gutmann
Ambassador Gutmann assumed her position as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany in February 2022. She was previously the University of Pennsylvania’s longest serving President from 2004-2022. She was appointed in 2009 by President Obama to chair the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, a role she held for seven years.
Dr. Gutmann has championed life-transforming access to education along with innovative research leading to life-saving discoveries. She also has published widely on the practical value and the ethics of constitutional democracy, education, health care, and human rights. Her 17th book, co-authored with Jonathan Moreno, is on bioethics with an Afterword on “Pandemic Ethics” (2020).
Named by Fortune magazine in 2018 as one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” Dr. Gutmann also has been honored with the Harvard University Centennial Medal (2003), the Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award (2009), was named one of the “150 Women Who Shake the World” by Newsweek (2011), and received the Anti-Defamation League’s Americanism Award (2014), the Urban Affairs Coalition’s Doer Award (2015), the Lucretia Mott Award from Women’s Way (2017), the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s William Penn Award (2018), the Philadelphia Inquirer Industry Icon Award (2018), and the Pennsylvania Society’s Gold Medal (2019).
Prior to her appointment at Penn, Dr. Gutmann served as Provost at Princeton University, where she was also the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics. She was Founding Director of the University Center for Human Values, a multidisciplinary center for teaching, scholarship, and public discussion of ethics and human values. At Princeton, she also served as Dean of the Faculty and was awarded the President’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
Dr. Gutmann graduated magna cum laude from Harvard-Radcliffe College. She earned her master’s degree in Political Science from the London School of Economics and her doctorate in Political Science from Harvard University. She is married to Columbia University professor Michael W. Doyle, and they have one daughter, a son-in-law, and two grandchildren.
The United States moved its embassy in Germany from Bonn to Berlin on July 7th, 1999. Upon this move, the former-Embassy in Bonn became the U.S. Office Bonn, and it finally closed on April 3, 2000.
The history of U.S.-German relations in the first half of the twentieth century was rocky, reflecting the two world wars in which the United States and Germany fought on opposite sides. Since the end of World War II in 1945, U.S.-German relations have been a focal point of American involvement in Europe.
As prospects for early reunification of Germany dimmed, the United States established full diplomatic relations with the FRG on May 6th, 1955, when the FRG Diplomatic Mission in Washington was raised to Embassy status under Ambassador Heinz L. Krekeler. The American Embassy in Bonn was established on May 14th, 1955, when James Conant, U.S. High Commissioner, presented his credentials as the first U.S. Ambassador to the FRG. On September 4th, 1974 the United States and the German Democratic Republic released a joint statement and the diplomatic relations were established between them.
Today, German-American political, economic, and security relationships continue to be based on close consultation and coordination at the most senior levels.